Press release: Number of Oyu Tolgoi Health, Safety, Environmental volunteers on the rise


~Participation of volunteers is important in ensuring safety and health~

Mongolian mining company Oyu Tolgoi prioritizes safety and heath of its employees.One of the many initiatives and projects launched by Oyu Tolgoi is enlisting Safety, Health, Environmental volunteer staff.

Goal of this initiative is caring about health and safety of employees through their own participation. In another word, this demonstrates that contribution, participation and responsibility of each employee of Oyu Tolgoi is very important in ensuring overall health, safety operation of the company.

Currently, about 100 employees have been enlisted as the volunteer staff and promotes safety, health culture and information sharing among the all employees of the company. Each floor of UB headquarters of Oyu Tolgoi is manned by volunteer staff in charge of safety evaluator, safety coordinator, safety information officer, volunteer first-aid providers and fire personnel.

This way, Oyu Tolgoi employees are enlisted as safety, health volunteers and contributes to overall health and safety operation of the mining company. This demonstrates commitment of Oyu Tolgoi in ensuring reliability of safety and health operations and keeping zero-accident environment in the work places and corporate responsibility of the company.

Cameron McRae – President and CEO of Oyu Tolgoi LLC said “Ensuring the safety and health of all workers is key objectives for Oyu Tolgoi. For this, participation of all employees of our company is very crucial. Safety, Health volunteers makes special contribution to development of responsible mining and introduction of best health and safety practices in Mongolian mining sector”.

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (

Oyu Tolgoi LLC is Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company and is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia (34 per cent stake), Ivanhoe Mines (66 per cent) and Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is the major shareholder in Ivanhoe Mines and the manager of the Oyu Tolgoi project. In addition to dividends from its 34 per cent stake in Oyu Tolgoi, the Government of Mongolia will receive taxes and royalties.

Oyu Tolgoi, located in the Gobi desert in southern Mongolia, will be one of the largest and highest-grade copper and gold mines in the world. It is the largest project ever developed in Mongolia, requiring a capital investment for phase 1 of more than US$6 billion.

Oyu Tolgoi is committed to contributing to a sustainable future for Mongolia. At least 9 out of 10 employees will be Mongolian once the mine is in production and Oyu Tolgoi is investing US$58 million dollars (78 billion tugriks) in training and education and an additional US$27 million dollars (36 billion tugriks) in the Workforce Employment Project designed to help address the general skills shortage in Mongolia

Oyu Tolgoi's key priorities are the health and safety of employees, best-practice environmental management, contributing to sustainable communities and always doing business with integrity, for the benefit of all the project's shareholders and the people of Mongolia.

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About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

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